Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A New History of Medieval French Literature

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

A New History of Medieval French Literature

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Jacqueline Cerquiglini-Toulet, A New History of Medieval French Literature, trans. Sara Preisig, Rethinking Theory (Baltimore, Md: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). 165 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-003-8. £34.00. The book translated here by Sara Preisig was originally published as 'Moyen Age' in La Littérature française: Dynamique et histoire, ed. Jean-Yves Tadié (Paris, 2007). Rather than a linear literary history, it considers different topics relevant to medieval French literature, giving a concise overview of the issues involved and illustrating them with reference to a wide range of literary texts. These topics include the 'materiality of writing'; the construction and role of both author and audience; the social and intellectual milieux in which the texts were produced and consumed; the different subjects treated in medieval literature; the range of genres; and the reflections offered by medieval authors on the traditions in which they wrote and on the writing process itself. …

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